Hur­ri­canes

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been any hur­ri­canes.”

The East Pa­cific cur­rently has two trop­i­cal storms: Norma and Otis.

An av­er­age hur­ri­cane sea­son pre­dic­tion is four to five trop­i­cal cy­clones for the Central Pa­cific, ac­cord­ing to NWS. The May out­look pre­dicted a 40 per­cent chance of an above-nor­mal sea­son, a 40 per­cent chance of a near-nor­mal sea­son, and a 20 per­cent chance of a be­lownor­mal sea­son.

The out­look re­flects the pos­si­ble tran­si­tion to weak El Niño dur­ing the hur­ri­cane sea­son, along with a pre­dic­tion for near or above-av­er­age ocean tem­per­a­tures in the main hur­ri­cane form­ing re­gion, and a near or weaker-than-av­er­age ver­ti­cal wind in the same area, said Gerry Bell, NOAA’s lead sea­sonal hur­ri­cane fore­caster at the Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter.

In 2016, fore­cast­ers pre­dicted seven trop­i­cal cy­clones for the sea­son, and six ap­peared, which is slightly above the sea­sonal av­er­age. Hur­ri­cane Pali oc- curred in Jan­uary 2016, bring­ing the to­tal to seven storms in the cal­en­dar year.

In 2015, NOAA recorded 16 trop­i­cal cy­clones, which broke the 30-year record. The sec­ond most ac­tive year for trop­i­cal storms was in 1994 when 11 storms blew through the Central Pa­cific. In 2014 there were five.

The Pa­cific’s calm co­in­cided with re­flec­tions on the 25th an­niver­sary of Hur­ri­cane Iniki, and res­i­dents’ feel­ings to­ward trop­i­cal storms are just as mixed. Larry Rivera then, and still to­day, is the people.

He wants to take care of ev­ery­one, it seems, and send them off bet­ter than when they came.

“When you leave Kauai, carry aloha with you and share it wher­ever you go,” he says.

Rivera’s mu­si­cal ca­reer has spanned seven decades. He was friends with and played with Elvis Pres­ley at Coco Palms. His songs have been about the people and places he has come to know. He is sto­ry­teller, too. He tells one of a lit­tle boy born at home, no doc­tor, a mid­wife, and the baby boy didn’t look right. He wasn’t go­ing to make it, Rivera says, so the con­sen­sus was, toss him in the rub­bish can.

After the boy, a baby girl came out. Some­one went back, picked up the baby boy and slapped him. The baby re­sponded.

“And here I am. True story,” Rivera says.

He speaks of re­ceiv­ing seven life­time achieve­ment awards and shrugs them off.

“Ev­ery time they think I’m go­ing to die, they give me an award,” he says, laugh­ing.

Lurline said be­ing on­stage with her fa­ther is “fan­tas­tic.”

“You can only imag­ine what it’s like to be play­ing with your own dad. It’s some­thing I never thought I would be do­ing for this long.”

It was more than 25 years ago that her dad asked her to per­form with him un­til he could find some­one else. She said OK.

“He was 60-some­thing, prob­a­bly won’t be do­ing this very much longer, so I guess I can go along with it,” she said.

A few weeks went by. A few months.

“Did you find some­body?”

“It’s some­thing to al­ways be pre­pared for,” said Mary Martha Hull of Wainiha. “But I’m not wor­ried about one right now.”

Chaunde Cock­ett of Li­hue al­ways has an emer­gency kit at her house in case of a hur­ri­cane, be­cause she re­mem­bers the havoc after Hur­ri­cane Iniki.

“I was 6 and I re­mem­ber I had to help tape shut the glass win­dows,” she said. “Even though it’s been more than 20 years, it’s im­por­tant to be pre­pared.” Lurline asked.

“Yes,” her fa­ther an­swered. “Who?” “You.” They’ve been shar­ing the stage since.

Cafe Portofino’s Giuseppe Avo­cadi says Rivera is a rare man, tal­ented, car­ing, hum­ble.

“It’s un­be­liev­able. He’s the true aloha spirit, this man,” he said.

People come from all over to meet him, see him per­form. And he treats them all like fam­ily.

“Ev­ery­one is his friend,” Avo­cadi said. “He is an amaz­ing per­son.”

Rivera was de­lighted Wed­nes­day when so many of his ohana showed up at Cafe Portofino. Fam­ily is ev­ery­thing to this man.

“It’s a feel­ing that makes you want to cry. It touches your heart. They love you and you love them,” he said.

Most im­por­tant to Rivera, he says with a big smile, “I’m still alive at this age.” He puts on sev­eral shows a week, in­clud­ing at the Kauai Mu­seum and the Gar­den Is­land Grille.

And he still hits the road. Rivera trav­eled to St. Paul, Min­nesota, this week­end for two shows, where he’ll be joined by Larry Rivera Jr.

If he has it his way, he’ll play as long as he’s on this Earth.

“I al­ways tell the au­di­ence, they are the ones re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing me alive,” he said.

His mu­sic is about real things, real people, real places. People re­spond to it — with smiles, with ap­plause, with tears of joy.

“It gives you life when you can see the people looking at you smil­ing,” he said.

Larry Rivera, you can bet, smiles back.

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